Trying to find gaming accessories on a budget can be quite difficult. With the ever-growing popularity of computer gaming, being able to add quality products to your arsenal without breaking the bank is tough. But don’t lose hope; it’s possible to find gaming products at an affordable price and get great performance out of them. You might not get full RGB lighting or a wireless design when looking for the best gaming mouse on a budget, but if you just want a gaming mouse that’ll suit your needs without breaking the bank, there are a few options.
We’ve tested over 75 mice, and these are our recommendations for the best cheap mice for gaming. Also, check out our best gaming mice and best wireless gaming mice articles. If you want a standard mouse for everyday use, check out our picks for the best mice overall.
Best Cheap Gaming Mouse: Logitech G300s
The best cheap gaming mouse that we’ve tested is the Logitech G300s. This wired-only mouse is great for FPS gaming as its ambidextrous design is quite comfortable, while all hand sizes can use it with a claw grip without any issues. Its nine buttons are situated on the top of the mouse, which may not be ideal for MMO gaming, but they’re remappable through the companion software. There’s a thumb rest on either side of the mouse, and the body has a latex coating to improve comfort levels.
Its CPI range is wide enough for most people but is limited compared to other gaming mice on the market. That said, it has a very high maximum polling rate, which offers smoother cursor movement as you game. It has two RGB lights on either side of the body, which are customizable through Logitech Gaming Software. Also, the mouse comes with good PFTE feet, which glide smoothly on a mousepad but may cause some scratching on wood.
Unfortunately, the cable is quite stiff, which may be frustrating for some gamers, and it also retains many of the kinks from the packaging, which could get in the way as you game. Due to the mouse’s size, those with large hands can’t use it with a palm grip, while those with small hands will struggle to use it with a fingertip grip. Its CPI increment steps are quite large, which means it may be difficult to find a sensitivity that suits your needs. That said, this is a great gaming mouse for the price.
Best Cheap Gaming Mouse For MMOs: Redragon M908
The best cheap gaming mouse for MMOs that we’ve tested is the Redragon M908. It’s excellent for MMO gaming due to its amazing performance and programmable buttons. It may not feel premium, but there’s no rattling or wobbly parts, and the heftiness makes it feel well-designed. It has 12 side buttons that can be customized in the Redragon M908 software and saved to the on-board memory, along with the CPI and polling rate.
It has a very wide CPI range, and the polling rate can be adjusted to suit your needs. Click latency is decent, and even though it’s not as good as other wired gaming mice, most casual gamers shouldn’t notice any delays when playing. It’s also very comfortable to use, and the design makes it ideal for those with medium and large-sized hands to use a claw or palm grip. Also, the PTFE feet under the body glide smoothly on a mousepad.
Unfortunately, its cable is quite stiff and retains a lot of the kinks from the packaging. Also, those with smaller hands won’t be able to comfortably use it in any grip type. Also, it acted unusually on macOS for us, with some buttons not working out-of-the-box and some programmed buttons not carrying over from a PC. That said, if you want an excellent mouse for MMO gaming that’s also very affordable, it offers great value overall.
LOGITECH G600 MMO GAMING
If you want something with more customization options, get the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming mouse. It’s more expensive than the Redragon M908, but it has a third main button that sits under your ring finger and allows you to access a second layer of commands for as long as you press it. You can customize all the programmed inputs through Logitech’s excellent G HUB software, which is fully compatible with both Windows as well as macOS, great if you’re an Apple user and don’t want to lose out on customization options. While its click latency is quite a bit lower than the Redragon, unfortunately, its max CPI isn’t as high, though it’s still likely more than sensitive enough for most people.
If you want to save a few bucks and still want an outstanding MMO mouse, go with the Redragon; however, if you want to be able to quickly switch between a second layer of programmed commands, get the Logitech.
SteelSeries Rival 3
If you can allocate a few extra dollars, then the best budget gaming mouse under $50 is the SteelSeries Rival 3. This wired-only mouse is a great choice for gaming. It’s made of good quality plastic that feels sturdy and solid. Also, it’s quite comfortable to use and is best suited for a claw or fingertip grip. While it’s not light enough to be considered a true ultra-light gaming mouse, it’s still very light, especially if you can use a bungee to remove the weight of the cable.
Click latency is very low, and competitive gamers likely won’t notice any lag. It also has a wide adjustable CPI range and a high maximum polling rate to allow for a smooth cursor movement while gaming. There’s RGB lighting in a strip around the bottom and on the rear logo. Also, the exceptional companion software, SteelSeries Engine 3, allows you to customize every aspect and is even fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Unfortunately, it’s not the best choice for MMO gaming, as it has only two additional side buttons, and they’re positioned fairly flush to the body, making them a bit difficult to click. Also, its cable is also pretty stiff and creates drag when it moves around. The wheel has a very low profile, which may make it more difficult to scroll, but on the other hand, easier to click. Overall, if you’re on a budget but can spare a few more dollars for a mouse with better performance, this is a great option.
Razer Viper Mini
The best budget gaming mouse for FPS that we’ve tested is the Razer Viper Mini. It’s very similar to the high-end wireless Razer Viper Ultimate, but it has a smaller body and is much more affordable. It has a very low-profile body that is great for fingertip users who want a precise and quick mouse for flick shots.
It’s well-built and very lightweight, even without a honeycomb pattern. It might not have the latest Razer sensor, but its performance is still amazing. It has very good feet that slide well, and the click latency is very low, so the mouse feels very responsive. FPS players will also appreciate the new Razer cable that feels lightweight and doesn’t create drag when moving it.
Unfortunately, if you have larger hands, controlling it is only comfortable if you use a fingertip grip, or else you should look at a larger mouse. Also, its CPI range isn’t as large as some other recent Razer products, although 8500 should be more than enough. On the upside, it features full RGB lighting, and it’s customizable in the Synapse Software. Overall, its shape and performance make it one of the best budget gaming mouse for FPS.
COOLER MASTER MM710
If you want the best gaming mouse on a budget under $50 for FPS games but prefer something very lightweight, get the Cooler Master MM710. For FPS gaming, this is one of the lightest that we’ve tested thanks in part to its honeycomb pattern design. Like most ultra-light mice, it has no weight optimization and is at its lightest if you bungee the wire. If RGB lighting is important to you, the Cooler Master MM711 is an alternative, though we haven’t tested it. Overall, it has excellent sensor performance and feels very responsive thanks to a low click sensitivity. However, it might be a bit small for people with bigger hands.
If you want a straightforward gaming mouse for FPS games, get the Razer, but if you want a budget ultra-light option, then the Cooler Master is the better option.
- UtechSmart VENUS: The UtechSmart VENUS is an excellent cheap MMO gaming mouse but has a higher click latency than most gaming mice.
- Razer DeathAdder Elite: The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a great gaming mouse that’s often on sale now that the newer, and more expensive, Razer DeathAdder V2 has been released.
- Logitech G502 HERO: The Logitech G502 Hero is a very good wired gaming mouse. The SteelSeries Rival 3 is better overall for cheaper, but get the G502 if you need more buttons.